Congrats on the great work you are doing. There are so many amazing stories to tell about diversity in aquatics; you seem to be highlighting several of them. I am eager to see the final product!
Thank you for starting the Olympic Trials Forum and the blog from Omaha! The network and all of your fellow members are extremely grateful. Tell Cullen that we are 100% behind him and congrats on making the team! I was suppose to go but could not find a sub for our swim camps that we are running here at Norfolk State, but your blog is saving the day!
Can't wait for the film!
Just had to let you know I have viewed the DoTellProduction site and it was awesome. I read the entire "Parting The Water" website from the synopsis, artistic statement, and character just to name a few. You all are really "Doing It Up"...... I look forward in the futrue to hearing more about your work...By the way Jenny, nice picture, but you should have included it in DAP's site, so all your friends can see you. Take Care and God Bless Ya!!!!!
Thanx for the update and educating me on the film's progress. I sincerely do appreciate that with all my heart, and do look forward to meeting you when the film arrive in Mississippi. Thank God for Gil Carmichael and Tom Sebring for what they have done, because we sure do need them here in Prentiss. God Bless You Jenny for your work in bringing this important aspect of history to all our young swimmers of the future. Darrick
First of all .... Prentiss MS!! (I adore Mississippi. My closest friend comes from Jackson.) One of our film's story lines takes place in Stonewall MS, where a pool was filled in with dirt instead of integrated in the 60's -- and two developers -- Gil Carmichael and Tom Sebring -- discovered the pool while renovating the mill there, excavated it, renovated it, and re-opened it -- integrated for the first time in its history. We went and filmed three times -- when it was just a hole in the ground, when it was partly renovated, and at the grand opening.
As for the other important swimmers. .... We are doing our best. We have filmed Sabir Muhammad, Jim Ellis, Byron Davis, and others along the way. We have met and filmed some amazing swimmers who started in the 1940's -- and while they didn't have national or professional careers, they were coaches, teachers, and lifelong swimmers themselves. Talk about an honor -- it has been AMAZING to meet people over these years -- those unsung heros from the earlier part of the century, to those who are in the pools and on the pool decks now.
Take good care,
I hope to meet you when we bring the film to Mississippi!
Such an honor to meet you via the site. I do look forward in viewing the documentary, "Parting the Waters". I am extremely proud of Cullen Jones' accomplishments to include his fastest time ever in the men's 100 meter freestyle(48:58, man , that's moving). Since your documentary will include Cullen and his Love, Maritza, and young swimmers after them, I hope to see something in the future featuring those unnamed greats such as Fred Evans, Anthony Nesty(whom I witness win a Gold Medal from the country of Surinau beating out the US favorite, Matt Bionta(excuse my spelling), Nate Clark, Coach Jim Ellis (from the movie Pride), and several of the "Old School Swimmers'. Their story also need to be told, I would love to see more about these unsonged heroes and great swimmers who have paved the way. I believe their challenges are least worth mentioning to these young swimming greats of the future. Thanx...Darrick..aka dswimmerman
hi everyone -- I'm sure you all know, but Cullen Jones made the US Olympic swim team last night! I am blogging about the Trials at http://dotellproductions.com/site/news -- you can look there for photos, links, and news about Cullen and Lia Neal -- as well as other African Americans and Latinos at the meet.